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Ping, Jean

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Born: 1942 AD
Currently alive, at 71 years of age.

Nationality: Gabonese
Categories: Politician

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1942 - Born on the 24th of November.

1978 - Gabonese ambassador to UNESCO.

1984-1990 - Ping previously held a succession of positions in the government, he was director of the cabinet.

1994 - Gabonese foreign minister.

1999 - He served as minister of planning, environment and tourism until his appointment as foreign minister.

2004 - He was chosen to be President of the fifty-ninth session of the United Nations General Assembly.

         - Ping was one of the key figures who helped arrange the visit to Gabon of Chinese president Hu Jintao, who used the capital Libreville as the platform for making a land-mark speech promising a new era of engagement with Africa, "without political strings."

2007 - In January, Ping, previously a minister of state, was promoted to the rank of deputy prime minister while remaining in charge of foreign affairs.



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